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Associated Aerial Firefighters has established an award for leadership, dedication and having a profound effect on safety in Aerial Firefighting. Named for Walt Darran, a pioneer and leader in advancing aerial firefighting, The Walt Darran Award provides a lifetime membership to Associated Aerial Firefighters.

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It never gets any easier- Jim Barnes

His name was Craig Hunt.  Many of us called him the professor because he was also a chemistry professor at UC.   His wife sometimes called him professor nerd teasing him because of his higher than average intellect.  He actually had many titles … [Continue reading]

Where Do We Get Such Men? submitted by Jim Barnes

“Where do we get such men”.  A famous quote from a famous story called “The Bridges of Toko Ri by James Michener.  After losing his favorite fighter pilot and SAR helicopter crew to enemy action, Admiral Tarrant, on the bridge of his carrier … [Continue reading]

USFS Next Gen RFP summer 2014

https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USDA/FS/024B/SN-2014-03/listing.html … [Continue reading]

From CBS News regarding the Aerial Firefighting Fleet.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/aging-planes-being-used-to-battle-wildfires/     … [Continue reading]

George Petterson recipient of the inaugural Walt Darran award

“The Associated Aerial Firefighters Board of Directors has instituted an new policy to award a life time honorary membership in the Associated Aerial Firefighters to the current 2014 Walt Darran  recipient, Mr. George Petterson, and succeeding … [Continue reading]

“Wings Over Fire”Interview by Tony Morris, “Night Time Aerial Fire Fighting”

            Mike Sagely- Senior Pilot and Safety Officer, Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Air Operations   “Night Time Aerial Fire Fighting” Interview by Tony Morris, “Wings Over Fire”, … [Continue reading]